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TRNC Transport Minister confirms two more repatriation flights from UK to Ercan

The government of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) has responded to calls to help repatriate more Turkish Cypriots stranded in Britain due to the coronavirus pandemic. Transport Minister Tolga Atakan announced on his Facebook page on Thursday that two flights will be sent to the UK “to evacuate” TRNC citizens on consecutive days […]

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Chinese ambassador slammed for praising Greek Cypriot terror group EOKA

Turkish Cypriots have criticised the Chinese ambassador to Cyprus for his “deeply offensive” comments about EOKA, a Greek Cypriot paramilitary organisation responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people. Ambassador Huang Xingyuan took to Twitter yesterday, 1stApril, to praise EOKA on the 65th anniversary of the start of its murderous campaign, which killed over 450 British, […]

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CTCA UK co-ordinating repatriation of nearly 500 people to North Cyprus

The Council of Turkish Cypriot Associations in Britain (CTCA UK) is leading the charge to help repatriate hundreds of citizens of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC), who remain stranded in the UK after international flights were grounded as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a statement issued by the CTCA today, […]

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Number of Turks seeking asylum in European countries up 9% in 2019

Applications by Turkish nationals for protection in Europe has seen a fresh rise in 2019. Over 25,000 applied for asylum last year, with Germany the preferred destination for more than 10,000 Turks. Turks were the sixth largest group seeking refuge in Europe in 2019, according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. A […]

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First coronavirus death reported in North Cyprus

The Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) has confirmed its first death from the coronavirus. On Sunday, the Ministry of Health announced Jabusch Bruno Gottfried Gerhard had died in Lefkoşa Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu State Hospital. The 73-year-old German national had underlying medical conditions. Mr Gerhard was part of a group tour holidaying in North Cyprus […]

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Turkey ceases all international flights in response to coronavirus crisis

The Turkish authorities have extended their partial ban on flights to now cover all overseas destinations. The decision to ground all international flights to contain the coronavirus pandemic was announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday, 27 March. The president gave the news at a press conference after meeting with the country’s leading medical […]